Lyrics Can Be The Words To A Song
Lyrics are considered the words to a song. Lyrics that are sung in a melody makes them lyrics to a song and are easily copyrightable. Usually, the lyrics are written as the lyricist sings the melody to them creating the music at the same time.
First of all, lyrics are considered to be a poem until they are set to music by singing the lyrics in a melody. The lyrics are then set to music from using a piano or to a complete band. After this is done the lyrics should be registered for copyright at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. It is a convenient process.
Lyrics don’t usually get presented to singing artists or bands alone unless, the lyricist is closely associated with the artists. As long as the lyrics are registered for copyright then they cannot be “ripped off.” I suggest that if you write lyrics and can also play a musical instrument then you should sing the lyrics with music that you can create for the lyrics, making a song of and then registering the song for copyright.
You can then shop or publish the lyrics separately because it will be protected under the copyright law in any way presented. Lyrics are considered half of the component to a song. Elton John, an excellent piano player used to receive lyrics via mail from writer, Bernie Taupin. Elton liked the poems and the poems became lyrics because Elton's intention was to play music to them. I am not sure if Taupin sent any melodies along with the poems but once Elton John recorded and released the songs and a couple of the songs turned out to be hits then the two eventually met and collaborated as a songwriting team. Elton John featured the songs on various record albums. The rest is history. Taupin becames a songwriting genius and multimillionaire along with John.
U.S. Copyright Office
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